Last night I watched and will again view a program with the interesting Title “Animal Pharm.” The purpose of this continuing program is to show us the pros and cons of Genetically Modifying animals and plants for the benefit of humans both within the food and medical fields.
In the first program, it was clear that the information was straight from the source ie those using transgenetic and cross breeding to produce creatures whose very existance was for our benefit. Well the images I saw were totally horrid. I did take the initial stance of lets see what they have to say, whats this about and keeping an open mind, lets see what the buzz is about both for and against.
Well I was taken aback from the images shown and the scienctists attitude to the experiments forced onto these animals for example:
Cross Breeding cattle to give what they termed ‘double muscle’ beef. Sounds odd yes, but picture a cow/bull with Mr Universe style muscle..
The sight of this monsterous creature and the way its legs appeared to be meer stumps under its bulk, left me with a feeling of extreme pity.
Should we doing this?
Do we have the right to treat animals like this?
These creatures are being exploited.
It is true! Yes they are for the most part being treated well, ie good food, shelter, etc but they are being exploited in ways far to extreme for many of us to comprehend.
From their very conception. Their existance is being manipulated, their genetics, their DNA, the very things which make them them and none of these creatures actually have a say in the matter.
Why make Rabbits which Glow in the dark:
This is for medical research.
Once again animals are being used by humans, exploited for our own needs with no consideration of should we.
How about growing replacement body parts on animals. This you may well think is the stuff of science fiction, but you would be wrong.
Designer parts, grown to order for your vanity needs. I wonder what this mouse would say if only it could.
There comes a time when people and Scientists need to step back and ask themselves
Is this ETHICAL?
With all the Scientific and Technological advancements in modern times you would think we would have developed a more ethical approach to experiments after all that is what we are doing.
Taking a creature who has no real way of deciding, argreeing, consenting or understanding what is happening to it, and changing its DNA, its very cells, giving them diseases, making strange things grow off them, removing and adding body parts and using these creatures in everyway shape and form imaginable and I think in several ways we simply could not.
Here are a few questions for you, after all the experiments are said and done, what are the risks to us Humans?
If we eat Genetically modified meat will in a few generations this in someway affect our children, grand children etc?
If these genetically altered creatures get out into environment and somehow breed will we have mice with ears growing on their backs running around in sheds or glowing rabbits in our fields?
These Questions I have yet to read, hear and see an answer too which convinces me it is safe.